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NC FIRE’s 88 Pages of Nonsense

Guest Blogger • Nov 15, 2011

photo taken from Toban Black's flickr page

by Domenic Powell

North Carolinians for Immigration Reform and Enforcement (NC FIRE) released yet another bigoted “Illegal Alien Crime Report” last week, keeping the flame of anti-immigrant sentiment lit among its flimsy base.

“These crimes are not compiled in any statewide database and that tends to make the problem look smaller than it really is,” James Johnson writes to the recipients of the report. Here are some of the entries cited as evidence of this vicious, lurking crime wave:

  • “Melo, Erin, Marie – Speeding”
  • “Giordano-Faines, Jordan – No operator’s License/Failure to reduce speed”
  • “Garcia, Jessica Lynn – Speeding”
  • “El-Haddad, Hazim, Moussa – Expired registration card/tag…Expired, No Inspection”

And that’s about how the entire report reads. The vast majority of the entries in the crime report are traffic violations—mostly driving without license or an expired one. And, unsurprisingly, most of the names included are Hispanic. Having a middle-eastern or eastern European name, as it seems, will land you a spot on their blacklist, as well.

How did the people listed above get mixed up in an alien criminal conspiracy?

You’d have to ask NC FIRE. Nothing in the report seem to verify that any of the people listed in these 88 pages are undocumented immigrants, leading one to believe that the people who compiled it simply looked for ethnic names in court listings and copied them into a Microsoft Word document.

According to Johnson, “The amount of monthly crimes by illegal aliens in NC is staggering.” Not really. If Johnson looked at the number of crimes committed by citizens every month, I’m sure he’d be shocked. Or perhaps not.

NC FIRE is a past attendee of Federation for American Immigration Reform’s (FAIR) annual “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event. Despite being a state contact for FAIR, NC FIRE is gasping for air in a pond already full of anti-immigrant organizers. Already making their rounds in NC (and sometimes sharing the stage) are conspiracy theorist and gay-basher (at the same time, no less) William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) and Ron Woodard, director of NC Listen. Even with a full head of Tea Party steam, NC FIRE found itself struggling to gather a sizeable contingent of protesters outside of a mobile Mexican consular visit back in August.

These connections withstanding, it begs the question—just how many people in NC FIRE’s “Illegal Alien Crime Report” might actually be citizens. There is no apparent method of differentiating between citizen and non-citizen, other than James Johnson’s best guess. And if all you can amass is 88 pages filled almost entirely with traffic violations, anyone receiving the report—if they actually read it—isn’t going to lose any sleep.

So, presuming that Johnson is correct, meaning that all of the entries are undocumented immigrants, this might be the best argument yet for allowing them to obtain drivers licenses—thusly opening the insurance market to thousands of drivers in North Carolina.

Regardless, stay safe out there on the roads tonight, folks. James Johnson’s out there chasing the consulate, and just might be collecting your name.

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